Study Guide

The Wild Swans at Coole Steaminess Rating

By W.B. Yeats

Steaminess Rating


"The Wild Swans at Coole" is about the feelings we experience as we grow older and realize that things are changing. It is also about beautiful things in nature and how we feel in the presence of them. There is nothing sexual about the poem. In fact, the speaker doesn't even so much as allude to anything resembling desire. He's too busy talking about more depressing things, right?